Gooding Is out of My Head

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Gooding Is out of My Head


Byline: John Dingwall

KYLIE MINOGUE has revealed she split up with on-off boyfriend James Gooding because he was hooked on cocaine.

The Australian singing beauty broke her silence about Gooding after being upset by his kiss and tell stories about their three year relationship.

She admitted she was in love with him and even considered marriage - but Gooding blew his chances of the romance lasting because of his drug addiction.

She said: "He couldn't live without a line of cocaine or drinking heavily."

Smarting over Gooding's claim that she is a self-confessed control freak, Kylie is reported to have poured out her feelings to little sister Dannii.

She said: "It was all about the drink and the drugs. He couldn't manage without them, which was hard to deal with. His personality changed so much.

"I let it drag on for far too long. I should have ditched him before the entire thing got messy."

Kylie, 34, has bounced back from her split from model Gooding, 27, by falling into the arms of French actor Olivier Martinez. She is also reported to have told Dannii that she wanted to settle down with Gooding and have his children.

But she found Gooding's behaviour exceedingly erratic until she realised she couldn't trust him as her lover, or as the father of her kids.

Now she says she'll never speak to him again after his decision to sell the story of their time together.

Kylie said: "At the beginning, I actually thought I had found someone I could trust and possibly even settle down with and marry.

"But James's true colours came out eventually. In the end, I was left with a guy who I loved dearly, but who could never be the one for me.

"Watching him go through all the drug taking and boozing was worse than calling it off straight away.

"I wanted kids with him. I was prepared to raise a family with the guy. But the worse things got, the more I realised that me and him were never going to work out. He couldn't look after himself, let alone be a responsible father."

A close pal of Kylie's added: "I doubt she will speak to him again. As far as she is concerned he doesn't exist anymore.

"She is furious that he went behind her back and sold his pathetic lies. Kylie has no interest in ever laying eyes on him again. He can go jump if he ever thinks she'll forgive him."

Kylie stood by Gooding over reports that he had bedded a string of beauties, including Sophie Dahl and Davinia Taylor behind her back.

But Gooding said: "Yes, I admit I slept with Sophie Dahl, Davinia Taylor and Martine McCutcheon.

"But I've never had sex with Edith Bowman, Meg Matthews or Jodie Kidd."

Gooding claimed Kylie became a "self-obsessed, virtually friendless control freak" in her efforts to return to the top of the charts. …

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